When visiting Botswana, it is important to avoid mosquito bites to prevent chances of getting malaria. Consult your doctor before leaving on your Botswana safari, as they may prescribe preventative medicine before and during your trip. Wear long sleeved shirts and trousers to avoid bites and use insect repellents and mosquito nets (if available).
Any person visiting from a Yellow Fever infected country needs to be vaccinated at least 10 days before leaving. A Yellow Fever certificate issued at the time of vaccination should be kept with you, because it will be needed at border control checkpoints.
The Veterinary Cordon Fence
As you crisscross the country you will encounter veterinary cordon fences and checkpoints. Botswana is a major exporter of beef and these fences, put up by the government, are here to protect cattle from Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD). The disease can be transferred from cloven-hoofed wild animals like buffalo, impala, springbok to domestic cattle. At these fences, the Department of Veterinary Services will spray your vehicle and ask you to dip the soles of your shoes in a preventative mixture. This is non-toxic and won’t cause any damage to your shoes or car.
During outbreaks of FMD, you are not allowed to transport raw meat and animal products out of the infected areas, these could be taken from you by the Veterinary officer and destroyed.
Due to the outbreak of COVID-19, Bush Buddies has put in place extreme measures to curb the spread of the virus during our tours. We have put in place the following measures
- We have reduced number of our guests travelling in safari vehicles to maintain the government regulation of 1 meter apart
- All our equipment will be disinfected and kept as clean as possible
- A SHE officer will be the first person to attend our guests before commencement of the trip for temperature check and will induct all our guests.
- All tourists will be given pocket hand sanitizers and expected to use throughout the tour.
Is it safe to visit?
Botswana is considered one of the safest countries in Africa, with a zero tolerance for corruption. Remain vigilant because, while rare, petty crime can occur, and if possible lock your valuables away at your accommodation.